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Orbit Community Heroes

Orbit Community Heroes

The Thriving Communities Awards are all about recognising great achievements in delivering our aim to build thriving communities. Over 2,800 votes were cast for our finalists, with the chance to recognise the achievements of a customer, community group or known supply chain partner being placed in YOUR hands.  

We’re pleased to announce that the votes have been counted and verified. We received a number of incredibly inspiring entries this year, and voting was very close! 

This year’s award categories were as follows:

Brian Griffiths' Award


Nina Starr 

Highly Commended

Tracey Stroud, Samantha Huckle, Jane Smith*, and Cassandra

This category is for customers who have transformed their lives and exceeded all expectations - we have been truly inspired by all of the entries. They are in with the chance to win up to £1,000 - this funding can support learning experiences, self-employment planning and other personal or business development opportunities.

Better Days Award


Geoff, Pathways Care Farm

Highly Commended

Becky, Rubbish Friends, Rhonda Kyte, Wendy Waters, and Malcolm Corble

We received a number of incredibly inspiring entries this year, as one would expect, as this category recognises a community group or individual, who has shown outstanding passion and enthusiasm, through development of local services that have supported Orbit customers to thrive. Nominated customers and community groups are in with the chance to win up to £1,000 – this funding can support continuation of the positive work going on in the community. 

Stronger Together Award


Ethstat Ethical Stationery CIC

Highly Commended

Bell Group, Birmingham

This is the second year we have run this award, recognising a supply chain partner who has delivered a community project that has made an impact on both an Orbit community and the lives of customers living within it. Our partners are in with the chance to win up to £1,000, a deluxe hamper for the winning team, and the prestige of being our supply chain partner of the year!

Lockdown Heroes Award


Wendy Waters

Highly Commended

Rhonda Kyte and Nina Starr

During these exceptional times, at Orbit we have recognised that there are some exceptional people within our communities who have taken the opportunity to help those around them throughout the coronavirus crisis.  As such, in this year’s event we decided to include an additional category, for which the winner has been chosen by our own internal panel of judges. This award recognises their achievements and shines a light on how they have helped their communities during these extraordinary times. 

*character name to protect identity 

Mark Hoyland, Group Chief Executive at Orbit said: “While many award ceremonies have been cancelled due to the pandemic, we felt it more important than ever to recognise our community heroes. Orbit leads in building thriving communities and we are delighted to share these inspirational stories and to ask the public to vote for their favourites.

The situations and stories from our communities are often extraordinary and not told. The positive influence our nominees have; the difficulties they have overcome; and most of all the outstanding achievements and difference they have made; not just to themselves but to those around them.

We want to shine the spotlight on the amazing people, charities, social enterprises, and businesses that live our values and make the world a better place, especially in current circumstances. Simply, it is to say well done and thank you. I wish the best of luck to all of our shortlisted nominees.”

If you have any questions, please email Betterdays@orbit.org.uk